Phew! Twos are tough. I have inherited our Time for Twos monthly storytime and boy are they a rambunctious bunch. For this storytime, I decided to go with a construction theme. Kids love trucks and building, so I thought this would be a great theme for the Twos. Also, it will be good practice since our summer reading theme is Build a Better World.
Here’s what we did:
I always start with the same warm ups:
- Song – Top of the Morning
- This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
- ASL – Hello Friends
- I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
- Song – SkidamarinkIt’s a classic, I know you all know it!
Then I get into my theme. This time we did all things construction!
- Movement Exercise – CranesWe pretended we moved like cranes; reaching up high and low and all around. You can find the words at: Jen in the library.
- Rhyme w/ Prop – Five Little Nails
- I made my own version from Mel’s Desk. This was such an easy and awesome prop!
- Story – The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer
- The first book we read showed us building from the groud up. It’s a good one for identifying words and pictures.
- Song – The Wheels on the Bus
- By this time we need a song. We did all the movements and this was a good way to get us back on track.
- Flannel Board – Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson
- I actually created my own flannel board using the vehicles listed in the book. We counted 10 dump trucks, 9 cement mixers, etc. Counting is popular with this crew.
- Rhyme w/ Movement – Zoom Zoom Zoom
- This is a pretty standard movement rhyme. Jbrary has a video you can learn it from.
- Story – Rex Wrecks It! By Ben Clanton
- Kids can always relate to building things and then knocking them down. I love this one because you know what’s coming and so do the kids.
- Song w/ Shakers – Chug-a-lug-a Choo Choo
- We just shake our shakers and dance. By this point in storytime we just need to dance!
Finally, I always end with the same three things:
- Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
- I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
- Rhyme – Say Goodbye
- This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
- Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
- I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.
How’d it go:
Overall, this was a pretty good storytime. I learned that two year olds love to count! Will definitely incorporate a lot more counting for this crew. I also think I need to add a few more action songs because we were getting pretty fussy by the end.
Not a bad start for the this age group but I think I will make a few tweaks for next time.
That’s all for now!